NEW Darlington midfielder Omar Holness will play at Blackwell Meadows on Wednesday evening for the first time despite his debut at the weekend being cut short by the first red card of his career.

His one-match suspension will be on Saturday when Quakers travel to Stockport County, so he is available for the match with Chester.

Holness' Darlington bow was going well, playing a key pass in the build-up to Quakers’ first goal in a 2-1 win, until receiving a second caution for a late challenge on a Nuneaton Borough opponent, the first having been for dissent.

Nonetheless, manager Tommy Wright was pleased with the contribution of the 25-year-old midfielder, who says he had always wanted to play in this country.

“It was an ambition to play here as a young kid,” he explained. “I always dreamed of playing in England, it is every young footballer’s dream in Jamaica.

“Every footballer’s dream is to play in the Premier League, but it is about dealing with what’s in front of you, taking it game after game and Godspeed you’ll move up.”

Holness is staying at the home of Quakers finance director John Woolnough, and he added: “I think Darlo is a fantastic place. I went down to the Dolphin Centre and I was embraced as one of their own.

“I’ve had some time to scope what the people are like and the people in Darlo are friendly, they are kind and something that I really like about the town.”

As for his first match in Quakers colours, which was a much-needed first win in seven matches, he said: “I thought I played a pretty decent defensive role.

“Typically I play as a 6, 8 or 10, a box-to-box or an attacking mid, either one works for me and in the modern game you have to be able to play all three.”

Holness disagreed with referee Scott Simpson’s decision to dismiss him, but admitted that he should have kerbed his emotions when Quakers were frustrated with the official for wrongly awarding a corner that led to Nuneaton’s goal.

“I am very happy for the debut win, but not the red card, the first red card of my career,” said Holness.

“To me it was a 50-50 challenge, but the referee saw it as something else and he is the main man in the middle of the pitch.

“I have to manage my emotions, next time just relax.”

Holness will soon be joined by another new recruit as Darlington are understood to be on the verge of signing a Bermudian international.

The deal was agreed before the weekend, and Quakers have been waiting for international clearance.